When Hope Runs Out

“The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23, NASB Maybe you watched my Devotions for Women: NO WATER! segment yesterday. If so, you’re aware that water is currently unavailable at the Wickham household. I like camping, but really, not in my own house. Yet the trial continues … a third repairmen is scheduled to investigate the issue tomorrow morning. I pray he’ll be able to correct it. Sadly I discovered that the […]

Ministry Update: Gifts Galore

“My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” Ps. 121:2, NASB Dear Readers, This is it! The week has arrived. My bags are packed. I’ll soon find myself in another country, surrounded by people whose language and culture differs from mine. Faithfully, God has brought me every step of the way. I know that even now, He continues to walk before, beside, and behind me. It’s difficult to express the magnitude of my gratitude for all He’s accomplished on my behalf in preparation for […]

Ministry Update: God’s Answer, God’s Work, & God’s Faithfulness

“May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.” 2 Thess. 3:5, Nasb Dear Readers, Funny, isn’t it, how we can think an answer to prayer equals a yes? I’ve certainly made this assumption, yet the Lord recently clarified the truth: God always answers His children’s prayers, but sometimes His answer is “No” or “Not yet.” (Click to Tweet) Another month has passed—another writers conference is history—and still no agent. Even so, I’m grateful to share I’m okay […]

Ministry Update: Open Doors, Closed Doors, & Stuff in Between

Dear Readers, Whew! This year has begun with a flurry of activity, and my schedule is filling with several responsibilities. God is opening some doors and closing others while keeping me busy with stuff in between. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 reads, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” Amen. We always can rely on God’s character. I’ve shared previously about a location need for the Connecting with Christ Conference, and I’ve spent numerous hours trying to secure one. A […]

Ministry Update: Steps of Faith & Our Awesome God

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Nasb Dear Readers, It was a Friday afternoon. Walking my usual route around the neighborhood, I prayed about my publishing project. I hesitated to sign a contract because I feared the money might not come in, and I would be stuck holding the bag. Yet I sensed the Spirit convicting me to go ahead. Take the plunge. Trust God to provide every penny. So later that day, I […]

Grasping the Good

“I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty …” Ruth 1:21, NASB “Sorry to see you’re moving,” I commented to a neighbor as I strode past his driveway. “Well, it’s time to move on. I’m getting remarried, and all my memories are here of my former wife—whom I buried last year,”  he replied straightforwardly yet not without feeling. His response, which indicated heartrending loss but also an active choice to move forward, truly impressed me. It struck me so differently than Naomi’s words: […]